Update: the race averaged 8.9 million viewers, down 7% versus 2014.
American Pharoah won the second leg of horse racing’s triple crown at The Preakness which drew a 5.8 overnight rating on Saturday. That’s down 7.9% from last year’s 6.3 overnight.
While that’s not great news for NBC, American Pharoah’s win certainly was. The difference in the numbers for the Belmont Stakes is vast between having a triple crown contender and not having one. Last year’s Belmont with California Chrome vying for the crown averaged nearly 21 million viewers. The 2013 Belmont, with no contender, averaged 7 million viewers.
Per NBC Sports the Preakness peaked with 7.6/17 household rating/share from 6:15-6:30pm.
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